Monthly Archives: May 2019


New House Leadership

Congratulations to the newly chosen house leaders for the 2019-20 school year.

These rising juniors and seniors will serve as Stewards and Vice-Stewards of their houses, leading and serving their classmates as the houses worship, work, play, and compete next year. We just finished our inaugural year of the house system and are looking forward to building on it and having a great year together beginning this August. A big shout of thanks goes to our founding House Coordinator, Ben Alexander.

2019-20 House Leadership:

  • Oxford House: James Vermillion and Reagan Taylor
  • Rome House: Abby Powers and Trinity Tyre
  • Jerusalem House: Knox Fairley and Liane Muir
  • Kampala House: Conner Young and Sydney Bryant

We are very thankful for our new House Coordinator, Mrs. Lauren Lawrence.

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“Idiotic” perseverance

May is the season of perseverance.

John Piper shared the following excerpt from the book Passion, by Karl Olsson, who tells a story of remarkable perseverance among the early French Protestants known as Huguenots. If only our perseverance could be regarded as “idiotic” by our generation.

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In the late Seventeenth Century in … southern France, a girl named Marie Durant was brought before the authorities, charged with the Huguenot heresy. She was fourteen years old, bright, attractive, marriageable. She was asked to abjure the Huguenot faith. She was not asked to commit an immoral act, to become a criminal, or even to change the day-to-day quality of her behavior. She was only asked to say, “J’abjure.” No more, no less. She did not comply. Together with thirty other Huguenot women she was put into a tower by the sea…. For thirty-eight years she continued…. And instead of the hated word J’abjure she, together with her fellow martyrs, scratched on the wall of the prison tower the single word Resistez, resist!

The word is still seen and gaped at by tourists on the stone wall at Aigues-Mortes…. We do not understand the terrifying simplicity of a religious commitment which asks nothing of time and gets nothing from time. We can understand a religion which enhances time…. but we cannot understand a faith which is not nourished by the temporal hope that tomorrow things will be better. To sit in a prison room with thirty others and to see the day change into night and summer into autumn, to feel the slow systemic changes within one’s flesh: the drying and wrinkling of the skin, the loss of muscle tone, the stiffening of the joints, the slow stupefaction of the senses—to feel all this and still to persevere seems almost idiotic to a generation which has no capacity to wait and to endure. (pp. 116-117)

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Welcome, Ms. Jenna Herrington!

Regents Academy is very glad to welcome Ms. Jenna Herrington to its faculty for the 2019-20 school year.

Originally from North Carolina, Ms. Herrington is a graduate of Belhaven University and holds a bachelor’s degree in English. She will be teaching Omnibus and Writing in the Logic School. We are sad to say goodbye to our beloved teacher, Mrs. Sherry Wiggins, but we know that students will enjoy getting to know Ms. Herrington as their new teacher.

Welcome to Regents, Ms. Herrington!

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Welcome, Ms. Emma Terrell!

Regents Academy is glad to welcome Ms. Emma Terrell as its new Athletic Director for the 2019-20 school year. Ms. Terrell is certainly no stranger to our school. A member of the graduating class of 2017, her mother Katrina teaches 4th grade, and her siblings are students at Regents.

We are sad to say goodbye to Jenay Harman, who served as the Regents Athletic Director for the last several years, but we are happy that she is still a part of the school family.

Welcome to the Regents staff, Emma!

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Welcome, Ms. Lina Burklin!

Regents Academy is glad to welcome Ms. Lina Burklin to its faculty for the 2019-20 school year.

A native of Longview, Ms. Burklin comes to Regents after teaching middle school for 8 years at Sakeji Mission School in Zambia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from LeTourneau University and is a gifted pianist. Ms. Burklin will be teaching Omnibus 1 (Antiquity 1), 7th grade science, and Government.

Ms. Burklin is a talented teacher who loves to learn, and we welcome her!

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Daughters of the Republic of TX Essay Winner

Congratulations to 7th grader Sydney Rotramel for her winning essay in this year’s Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) annual contest.

Sydney’s paper about the Siege of Bexar was chosen from among all county-wide 7th grade entries. She will present her paper at the monthly DRT luncheon held at The Fredonia Hotel. We are very proud of Sydney and her teacher, Mrs. Sherry Wiggins.

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TAPPS Award Winners

Congratulations to Regents Academy high school students who recently participated and won awards in various TAPPS (Texas Association for Private and Parochial Schools) state-level competitions, including art, photography, music, drama, and academic contests. We are very proud of their hard work and the awards they received.

Pictured are: Back row (left to right): Zane Anderson – Persuasive Speaking, Vocal Solo Gold Medalist; Ethan Fairley – Art, Calculator (4th), Advanced Math (5th), Number Sense (6th); Nathan Landrum – Social Studies (8th); Mason Baker – Instrumental Solo (Double Bass) Gold Medalist; Mason Rasberry – Mathematics (6th); Skeeter Gilbreath – Art, Vocal Solo Gold Medalist, Jewelry Design (1st), Photography (2nd – color), Prose Interpretation (2nd); Middle row (left to right): Hannah Alexander – Vocal Solo Gold Medalist, Fall Photo Contest (1st, 5th, 8th); Skyler Houser – Art, Ready Writing; Isabella Baker – Duet Acting, Drawing (7th – color), Mixed Media (Honorable Mention); Anna Claire Powers – Art, Mathematics; Shelby Rotramel – Instrumental Solo (Violin) Gold Medalist; Sydney Cunyus – Art, Duet Acting; Ashlynn McBroom -Poetry; Haley McBroom – Original Oratory; Evan Muir – Prose Interpretation, Vocal Solo Gold Medalist;Front row (left to right): Liane Muir – Duet Acting, Social Studies (1st), Vocal Solo Gold Medalist; Abby Powers – Fall Photo Contest (2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th), Textile and Fashion Design (2nd & 3rd), Seek & Sketch (Honorable Mention – Color); Leah Vermillion – Art, Duet Acting; Caroline Alders – Duet Acting, Instrumental Solo (Piano) Gold Medalist; Jess Hill – Solo Acting (2nd); Kaden Harman – Instrumental Solo (Piano) Gold Medalist; Anabelle Terrell – Vocal Solo Gold Medalist; Elise Landrum – Instrumental Solo (Piano) Gold Medalist;Not Pictured: Sydney Bryant – Art, Duet Acting; Lilly Hook – Social Studies (3rd), Instrumental Solo (Piano) Gold Medalist 

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“Education ought everywhere to be religious education”

As Christians we all confess, “Jesus Christ is Lord.” Indeed, He is Lord of all. Therefore, He is Lord of our businesses and our homes and our parenting and every other domain. “For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet” (1 Cor 15:25). We, as Christian parents, must submit to this truth in our own hearts and lives, and then we must parent and educate our children in light of the reality that Christ is Lord of all.

The Lordship of Christ has ramifications for everything in life, and most certainly for how we educate our children. There is no neutral ground. There is no religious/nonreligious divide, despite the insistence of secularists of various stripes. 

E. Ray Moore from the Exodus Mandate says it well:

Timothy Dwight, President of Yale University from 1795 to 1817, said about the importance of a thoroughly Christian education, “Education ought everywhere to be religious education . . . parents are bound to employ no instructors who will not instruct their children religiously. To commit our children to the care of irreligious people is to commit lambs to the superintendency of wolves.” All education has a religious character as it is inescapably based upon views, articulated or not, related to the nature of God, man and the world. Neutrality in education is impossible.

Let’s stay committed to “a thoroughly Christian education,” as those who follow Christ as Lord in all of life.

Lord, give us grace to be faithful to you. Amen.

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